James M. Kelly is Professor and Director of Field Education in the Department of Social Work, Carlow University. He is a founder and co-facilitator of the Carlow University Grace Ann Geibel Institute for Justice and Social Responsibility. He is co-facilitator of the Youth Media Advocacy Project that connects Carlow students with high school students to bring about reform in education through the effective use of media.
Jim teaches courses on human behavior in the social environment, theories of community/organizations/groups, media and social change, youth media advocacy, the history of social welfare, the impact of literature on social justice, and seminars in social work field placement. He also teaches graduate studies in theories and methods of Gestalt psychotherapy in professional counseling.
Jim’s current research interests include youth advocacy through the use of media, the pedagogy of rock ‘n’ roll music (particularly the music of Bruce Springsteen) in teaching psycho-social theories, and community health and the role of nonprofit organizations in communities.
Jim earned a PhD and Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in American Civilization from Brown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (summa cum laude) from Saint Vincent College. He enjoys travel and lives with his family in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh.
Titles of selected scholarly articles and presentations:
Global Awareness through Experiential Learning: Youth Reporters at the 2012 One Young World Summit.
The Music of Bruce Springsteen as Case Study for Teaching Psycho-Social Theory.
Education Reform through Youth Media Advocacy: An Interdisciplinary Service Learning Approach.
The Work and Lives of Sisters of Mercy: An Oral History Project.
Music and Social Consciousness: Rock ‘n’ Roll in the College Classroom.
Media Justice and Catholic Social Teaching: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Media Studies and Advocacy.
Peers can Stop Violence against Women.
Social Work and Mass Communication Studies.
Social Justice and Human Trafficking: A Model for Change.
The Racial Divide: Encouraging Deeper Understanding through Inclusive Dialogue.
An Ethical Framework for Social Work Advocacy in Clinical Settings.
Leadership, Power, and Authority: A Framework for Organizational Success.
Reweaving the Social Fabric: Community Health Assessment for South Pittsburgh.
Social Workers and the Tradition of Charity in the Changing Healthcare System.
Jim Kelly’s current research interests include youth advocacy through the use of media, the pedagogy of rock 'n' roll music (particularly the music of Bruce Springsteen) in teaching psycho-social theories, and community health and the role of nonprofit organizations in communities.